Mustangs Host East Carolina For Saturday Matchup At 2pm CT #PonyUp
Feb. 21, 2013
SMU (13-13, 3-8 C-USA) hosts East Carolina (15-10, 6-6 C-USA) on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Mustangs have just two games, this one and Rice on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Moody Coliseum before the $47 million expansion and renovation moves into the main arena. SMU is on pace to finish in the top-10 its single-season record book in scoring defense (62.0, 4th), FG% defense (.391, 8th), 3FG% defense (.336, 9th), blocked shots average (4.2, 7th), 3FG% (.359, T-5th) and FT% (.359, 6th).
FEB. 27 IS FINAL GAME IN MOODY COLISEUM'S CURRENT CONFIGURATION: After 57 seasons, 9 conference championships and more than 500 wins, SMU men's basketball will play its final home game in Moody Coliseum's current configuration on Wednesday, Feb. 27, when the Mustangs host Rice at 7 p.m. On the 27th, SMU will also celebrate Senior Night prior to the game at the Coliseum, which is undergoing a $47 million expansion and renovation. The updated Moody Coliseum (newmoody.com) will feature new premium seating, as well as courtside retractable seating designated for students and renovation of the entry lobby and concourses. Technology improvements will include new video boards, scoreboards, sound system, broadcast capabilities and heating and cooling systems. In addition, office suites, restrooms and locker rooms will be upgraded. The renovation, which began on the north side of the Coliseum in August, will expand into the main building in early March. The building is scheduled to re-open in December 2013, prior to SMU's first game in the BIG EAST. The Mustangs final "home" game on Saturday, March 9, against UTEP will be played at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.
UP NEXT: SMU plays its final game in Moody Coliseum in the current configuration as the Mustangs host Rice on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.
LAST GAME (L, 78-67 - at Tulane on Feb. 16): NEW ORLEANS (AP)- Ricky Tarrant scored 25 points and Jordan Callahan added 20 off the bench as Tulane downed SMU 78-67 Saturday. Tarrant was 7-of-14 shooting and made 4 of 8 from 3-point range, while Callahan knocked down six treys in 12 attempts and hit 7 of 13 overall for the Green Wave (17-9, 5-6 Conference USA). Tulane made 46.7 percent (14 of 30) from 3-point range, helping overcome a 31-22 disadvantage in rebounds. SMU (13-13, 3-8) knocked down 56.3 percent (27 of 48) from the field, though it was just 2 of 6 from 3-point range. Every starter scored in double figures, led by Shawn Williams with 16 points. Nick Russell added 13, Jalen Jones and Ryan Manuel 12 and Cannen Cunningham 10. The Mustangs pulled within 65-62 on Jones' layup with 3:29 left, but Tarrant responded with consecutive 3-pointers and Ben Cherry later added another in building the final cushion.
THE SERIES VS. EAST CAROLINA (5-3): This is the ninth meeting between the two schools with SMU holding a 5-3 advantage over ECU. The Pirates took last year's meeting in Greenville, N.C., by a score of 62-43. The Mustangs won on Feb. 2, 2011, 46-41, at Moody Coliseum. SMU did not allow a Pirate field goal for the final 14 minutes of the game as the Mustangs rallied behind Papa Dia's double-double (13 pts., 13 rebs.) for the victory. Prior to last season's loss, SMU had won two consecutive games in the series. The Mustangs hold a 4-3 edge all-time since the schools became members of the C-USA. The two programs met only once prior to that point, a 71-62 SMU win at the Kentucky Invitational on Dec. 21, 1985.
LAST MEETING VS. EAST CAROLINA (L, 62-43 at ECU on Feb. 1, 2012): GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Robert Sampson scored 13 points and Maurice Kemp added 11 for East Carolina in a 62-43 win over SMU. In a contest that was close early and tied at 12-all with 11 minutes until halftime, Darrius Morrow's three-point play started a 10-0 Pirates run. East Carolina led the rest of the way, taking a 31-17 lead at intermission and outscoring the Mustangs 31-26 in the second half. The Pirates snapped a two-game losing streak against SMU in their all-time series, and have now won two straight games in the wake of a six-game losing skid. Sampson and Shamarr Bowden each knocked down three 3-pointers for the Pirates, who shot 10 of 28 from the arc (35.7 percent). The Mustangs were 0 of 11 from long range. Jalen Jones had 11 points for SMU. SMU leading scorer Robert Nyakundi did not play in the game.
INFINITI CHARITY CHALLENGE (ESPN.com/Infiniti): SMU head coach Larry Brown is one of 48 college basketball coaches in this year's "Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge." Brown is participating on behalf of Dragonfly Forest, a year-round camp experience for children with autism and medical needs. Fan participation will determine the ultimate winner over an eight-week period beginning January 14th. Fans can vote for Coach Brown and Dragonfly Forest by registering and voting on www.ESPN.com/Infiniti. Each coach gets $5,000 for the selected charity with a $100,000 donation going to the winning coach's designated charity. For the first six weeks (Jan. 14 - Feb. 27), four brackets of 12 coaches will be paired against each other (Brown is in the West Region), with the winners from each group moving onto the next round. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. Voting for the four semifinalists is in weeks seven and eight (Feb. 27 - March 10). The winning coach will be announced on March 11.
HALL OF FAME HEAD COACH Larry Brown...was named head men's basketball coach at SMU on April 19, 2012. He is the only head coach to win both an NCAA title (Kansas 1988) and an NBA Championship (Detroit 2004). Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on Sept. 27, 2002. He is in his 38th season as a head coach and eighth at the NCAA level. He has an overall record of 1666-1205 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 190-74 (13-13 at SMU), making the NCAA tournament in each of his previous seven season including three Final Fours (1980, 1986, 1988) and the 1988 NCAA title.
ACTIVE HALL OF FAMERS: There are four active coaches that have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Brown is also one of 11 active Division I head coaches with an NCAA Championship.
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 101-16 (.863) at home. He is 6-5 (.556) at SMU. His teams were 24-6 (.800) at Pauley Pavilion at UCLA and 71-5 (.934) at Allen Fieldhouse while at Kansas. (At KU, his teams won a Big 8-record 55 straight home games which is 3rd all-time at KU - Started 3/3/84 vs. Oklahoma State W, 91-70 - Ended 1/30/88 vs. Kansas State L, 72-61).
Larry Brown ON THE ROAD (NCAA): His teams are 48-39 (.552) in road games. He is 5-6 (.455) at SMU.
Larry Brown IN NEUTRAL SITE GAMES (NCAA): His teams are 41-19 (.683) in neutral site games. He is 2-2 (.500) in neutral site games with SMU.
MENTOR VS. MOP: On Jan. 6, Larry Brown (SMU) and Danny Manning (Tulsa) met as head coaches for the first time. Brown was the head coach and Manning was the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the Final Four as Kansas won the 1988 NCAA Championship. It was just the second matchup as head coaches for a tandem that was head coach and MOP for an NCAA title team. - Howie Dallmar - 1942 MOP for Stanford (Coach was Everett Dean); Dean (Stanford) vs. Dallmar (Penn) at Penn on Dec. 29, 1950 (Penn wins 59-58) - Danny Manning - 1988 MOP for Kansas (Coach was Larry Brown); Manning (Tulsa) vs. Brown (SMU) at SMU on Jan. 6 (TU won 48-47), and at Tulsa on March 6
BIG EAST: Dec. 7, 2011 - SMU accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST Conference in all sports, President R. Gerald Turner announced. SMU, Houston, UCF and Memphis will begin competing in all BIG EAST-sponsored sports in the 2013-14 academic year. The football-only members East Carolina beginning in 2014 and Navy in 2015. Tulane also accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST in all sports on Nov. 27, 2012, and will be an all-sports member beginning in 2014-15.
COVERING PRACTICE: Head Coach Larry Brown, other members of the staff and student-athletes will only be available BEFORE practice. Practices are open to members of the media. Media members can watch practice from designated areas off the court. Please notify the Public Relations Office in advance and to confirm times.
6-5: SMU is 6-5 at home. The Mustangs started 5-0 at home for the first time since starting 5-0 in 2006-07.
10-5: SMU went 10-5 in non-conference play, winning 10 non-conference games for the first time since 2006-07 (11-3 the season). The 8-1 start was the best since opening 9-1 in 2006-07. The Mustangs 5-0 start was the best since a 10-0 start to the 1997-98 season.
20/20/20/20/20 VISION: SMU has had five players score 20+ points this season.
ATTENDANCE UP: SMU season tickets are up 79% from last year. SMU saw a 101% gain in attendance during the month of November (compared to the Nov. 2011).
BALANCED SCORING: SMU has had at least 4 players score in double-digits in 11 games (6-5).
FAMILIAR FOE: SMU has played Rice more than any other opponent.
MUSTANG STATE: All of SMU's starters are all from the state of Texas, with 4 of the 5 from the DFW area: Cannen Cunningham (Arlington), Jalen Jones (Dallas), Ryan Manuel (Houston), Nick Russell (Duncanville), Shawn Williams (Duncanville), The Mustangs top reserve is also from DFW; London Giles (Dallas).
ROAD MUSTANGS: SMU is 5-6 on the road this season; winning 5 regular season road games for the first time since 2002-03. The Mustangs went 3-2 in non-conference road games, winning 3 non-league games on the road for the first time since 2003-04. SMU last won a school-record tying 4 road non-conference games in 1991-92. Dec. 1 is also the earliest SMU has had 3 road wins, beating the previous date of Dec. 9 in 2003-04.
SHARP-SHOOTERS: SMU is leading C-USA and ranks 17th in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.754). All of SMU's starters are shooting at least 67% from the line (Ryan Manuel - 80.6%, Jalen Jones - 76.5%, Shawn Wiliams - 74.1%, Nick Russell - 69.9%, Cannen Cunningham 67.2%).
YOUTH & INEXPERIENCE: The Mustangs are one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the country this season, totaling just 11 collegiate seasons among those eligible to play this season.
Brian Bernardi (Fr.): Averaging 3.3 points in 10.0 minutes for the season... With one more 3FGM, would likely crack the top 12 in single-season 3FG% at SMU (would currently be 11th); Shooting 41.3% on 3FGs (2nd SMU)... Scored 8 points in a career high 30 minutes at Houston (1/9)... Exploded for a career high 20 points in 23 minutes vs. Furman (12/30); first SMU freshman to score 20+ since Paul McCoy scored 29 at UAB (2/14/09); made 4 threes; 6-6 FTs... Hit a 3FG in 5 straight games (TCU 11/15 - UALR 11/24).
Cannen Cunningham (So.): Averaging 8.5 points, 6.1 rebounds (2nd SMU, 13th C-USA) and 1.8 blocks (1st SMU, 5th C-USA)... Has 47 blocks on the season, T-13th most in SMU history; now has 65 blocks in his career, T-14th all-time (Glenn Puddy, 1984-86, 87-89)... Recorded 6 blocks at Rice (2/9) and vs. Memphis (2/6), the most since Papa Dia had 6 at Tulsa (1/26/11); T-2nd most in a C-USA game in SMU history...Also had a career high 13 rebs at Rice... Recorded first career double-double against Wyoming (1/2) with 14 points and a career high 11 rebounds (including a career high 5 offensive rebs)... Great all-around night against Utah (11/28) with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks... Posted a career high 20 points against Rider (11/21); made 8-10 FGs.
Jordan Dickerson (Fr.): Has totaled 8 points, 18 rebounds and 9 blocks in 83 minutes... Has played a career high 9 minutes on two occasions (Malone 11/19, UCF 1/26).
Kevin Dunleavy (So.): Has played in 4 games this season.
London Giles (Sr.): Averaging 2.8 points in 14.0 minutes per game...Career high 3 steals vs. Marshall (1/30)... Scored 10 points vs. Tulane (1/12)... Season high 12 points against UALR (11/24), making 4-4 3FGs; played in a season high 24 minutes... Crandall Head (Transfer): Transferred after sophomore season at Illinois...Played 26 games in 2 seasons.
Marcus Holyfield (Jr.): Has played in 2 games this season (at UTEP 1/19 - 1st collegiate game, and at Tulane 2/16)... Has spent the last four years (2009-12) with the football team... Joined the basketball team in December after the 2012 Hawaii Bowl.
Jalen Jones (So.): Averages 15.1 points (1st SMU, 9th C-USA), 8.1 rebounds (1st SMU, 7th C-USA), and 0.7 blocked shots (15th C-USA), while shooting 50.5% from the field (1st SMU, 11th C-USA, 72nd NCAA)... Shooting 56.4% FGs during conference play (4th C-USA)... Has 7 double-doubles on the season... Has failed to score in double-digits only three times this season...Nine games with at least 15 pts and 7 rebs... Has 4 games with at least 7 offensive rebs... HONORS: All-Cable Car Classic Team (12/21-12/22)... C-USA Player of the Week (12/3) after averaging 17 pts and 14 rebs in two wins over Utah and Hofstra...FIRST SINCE: Had consecutive double-doubles (Utah, at Hofstra), first Mustang to post back-to-back double-doubles since Papa Dia in 2010-11... Posted his 6th double-double of the season with 20 pts and 12 rebs against Southern Miss (1/16); also added a career high 5 assists... Notched 5th double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds at Houston (1/9); 10-21 FGs, most FGM since Robert Nyakundi made 10-14 vs. Tulane (1/25/12)... Had 12 rebs in the 1st half vs. Wagner (12/21), most since Papa Dia had 12 in 1st half at Northern Iowa (3/21/11)... Scored 20 points with a career-high 16 rebounds against Utah (11/28); first Mustang with 15+ points and 15+ rebounds since Papa Dia (3/21/11 at Northern Iowa - 17 pts, 21 rebs) 20+: Has 7 games with 20+ points... Had 20+ points in 3 straight games against TCU, Texas State and Malone, becoming the first Mustang to score 20+ in 3 straight since Papa Dia (1/8/11-1/15/11)....Scored a career-high 24 points at Texas State (11/17). Markus Kennedy (Transfer): Transferred after freshman season at Villanova...Averaged 3.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest in 31 games.
Ryan Manuel (So.): Averages 12.2 points (20th C-USA) in 33.9 mins (10th C-USA)... Is 80.6% on FTs (1st SMU, 6th C-USA)... Currently 2nd all-time in FTMs (141) for a sophomore at SMU; passed Jim Krebs (137 FTMs in 1954-55); needs 12 FTMs to tie Jeryl Sasser for 1st; 10th all-time for single season FTMs... Has made 7+ FTMs in 8 games this season; 5 games this season shooting 100% FTs (min. 5 attempts)... Averaging 11.9 pts (22nd C-USA) and 1.9 steals (T-4th C-USA) during conference play... Tallied 2nd double-double with 15 pts and 10 assists vs. Houston (2/2); 1st SMU double-double with pts/assists since Jeremiah Samarrippas (1/25/12); 10 assists was a career high; was also SMU's season high... Made 8-8 FTs against Alcorn State (12/22), the best FT shooting night since Robert Nyakundi against SE Missouri State (12/29/10 - 10-10 FTs); Blocked Missouri State's Marcus Marshall's 3-point attempt with 4 seconds left to clinch the 62-61 victory; now has 2 game-clinching blocks this season (also against TCU 11/15)... Made 12-of-15 free throws against LMU (11/11) the most made free throws made by a Mustang since Derek Williams converted 14 attempts on Jan. 30, 2010 against Memphis. Blaise Mbargorba (Fr.): Missed first 26 games with a shoulder injury. Nic Moore (Transfer): Transferred after freshman season at Illinois State...At ISU, he played all 35 games with 29 starts...Averaged 10.0 points and 3.9 assists while posting a 1.71 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Uche Ofoegbu (Fr.): Has totaled 12 points, 34 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks and 5 steals in 176 minutes (8.0) in 22 games this season... Career high 21 mins at Tulane (2/16)... Has recorded a career high 4 rebounds in 3 contests. Nick Russell (Jr.): Averages 14.1 points (2nd SMU, 12th C-USA), 4.2 assists (1st SMU, 7th C-USA), in 36.3 minutes (1st SMU, 2nd C-USA)... Has scored in double-figures in all but four games this season... Career high 7 rebounds on two occasions (vs. Marshall 1/30, vs. Tulsa 1/6)... Had 5th 20+ point game of the season with 22 pts vs. Houston (2/2)... Career high 25 points on 2 occasions (at Texas State 11/17 & vs. Missouri State 11/25)...STREAKS: Has scored 10+ points in 12 straight games, the 1st Mustang to do so since Robert Nyakundi did so in 10 straight games from 11/15/11-12/28/11... GAME-WINNER: Hit the game-winner with 10 seconds left in the 62-61 win vs. Missouri State 11/24 in the Hoops for Hope 3rd-place game (had 25 points, 2 assists, 2 steals)... HONORS: Named to the Hoops for Hope All-Tournament Team (11.5 pts, 3.8 rebs, 4.5 asts) and had the game-winner vs. Missouri State (62-61) in the 3rd-place game.
Shawn Williams (Jr.): Averaging 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds... Shooting 42.9% on 3FGs overall (5th C-USA); Currently 8th on SMU's single season 3FG% list... Connecting on 45.9% 3FGs in C-USA play (2nd C-USA)... Made 58.3% (14-24) of 3FGs during a 6-game span (1/12 vs. Tulane to 2/2 vs. Houston)...Tied the game vs. Houston (2/2) with a 3FG at the buzzer to send the game into OT... Has two double-doubles this season... Led SMU in scoring at UTEP (1/19) with 16 points... Scored a career high 17 points vs. Southern Miss; 5-8 3FGs, most 3FGMs since Robert Nyakundi went 6-10 at Houston (2/25/12)... Notched second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebs (tied a career high) against Hofstra (12/1); 2-2 3FGs... First career double-double (15 pts, 10 rebs) against UALR (11/24); 10 rebounds tied a career high.
Garrett Wilson (Fr.): Has played in 7 games this season.
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-6
SMU SIGNS 3 FOR 2013-14: SMU Head Coach Larry Brown announced that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2013-14 season, which will be SMU's first campaign in the BIG EAST. The class includes a top-flight junior college signee in Yanick Moreira and a pair of highly-touted Chicago-area student-athletes in Sterling Brown and Ben Moore. Brown is a four-star 6-4 guard from Proviso East High School, Moore is a three-star 6-8 forward from Bolingbrook High School, and Moreira is a 6-11 forward that is rated as high as No. 1 for junior college signees. The Mustangs will add six newcomers next season, including the three signees. SMU has three transfers sitting out this year in Nic Moore (5-9, 170, So. from Illinois State), Markus Kennedy (6-9, 260, So. from Villanova) and Crandall Head (6-4, 180, Jr. from Illinois).
SMU IS SOCIAL:
Moody Coliseum Renovation And Expansion - $47 MILLION PROJECT:
Two lead gifts - a $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation and a $10 million commitment from SMU trustee David B. Miller '72, '73 and his wife Carolyn Lacy Miller - will help provide an extensive expansion and renovation of Moody Coliseum. Through the years, Moody Coliseum, a campus and Dallas landmark, has served both the University and community. Home to men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball and the pageantry of SMU Commencement, the coliseum also has hosted commencement ceremonies for thousands of area high school students, cultural programming and political rallies. Speakers have included four U.S. presidents and numerous other national and international figures. Moody Coliseum is undergoing expansion and extensive renovation, providing many new and improved features that include new premium seating, renovation of the entry lobby and concourses and state-of-the-art upgrades. This project will revitalize Moody Coliseum as a preeminent collegiate sports arena and multi-purpose event facility, preserving its historical character while adding the most modern technological enhancements. Construction began in August 2012 with the expansion of the building's north façade followed by renovation of the interior space and infrastructure upgrades. The renovated Moody Coliseum is scheduled to reopen in December 2013.
WORLD-CLASS FACILITY: The new Crum Basketball Center at SMU is a world-class training center. The 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks used the Crum Center for their 2008, 2009 and 2010 training camps. Several other NBA teams have used the facility when they are in town to play the Mavericks.
Nick Russell NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT AT HOOPS FOR HOPE TOURNAMENT: PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (SMU) - Junior guard Nick Russell received Hoops For Hope Classic All-Tournament honors on Sunday night, just hours after hitting the biggest shot during SMU's (6-1) first seven games. Russell hit the game-winning jumper with 10 seconds remaining in the Mustangs' 62-61 victory over Missouri State on Sunday night. The junior tied a career high with 25 points in the contest on 9-of-15 shooting in 38 minutes. For the tournament, Russell averaged 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists, and guided SMU to a 3-1 record over the four-game event.
Russell has been a key part of SMU's 6-1 start to the 2012-13 season, leading the team in scoring (16.0) and assists (3.9). SMU is off to its best start since opening the 2006-07 campaign at 10-1.
Jalen Jones NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT AT CABLE CAR CLASSIC:
COACH BROWN RETURNS TO NEW YORK: Head Coach Larry Brown had a "homecoming" as SMU won 73-47 at Hofstra on Dec. 1. Hofstra, located in Hempstead, N.Y., is just over 20 miles away from Brown's hometown of Brooklyn. Brown went to high school in Long Beach, N.Y., which is about 10 miles away from the site of Saturday's game. Brown also had NBA coaching stints with the New York Knicks (2005-06) and the nearby New Jersey Nets (1981-83).
RETURN TO NEW YORK: On Dec. 1, SMU won 73-47 at Hofstra in its first game in the state of New York for the first time since Dec. 9, 1950 (L, 64-55 at Canisius). SMU had last played in the New York metro area in 1994, when splitting two games in the Seton Hall/Meadowlands Tournament.
MUSTANGS' INTERNATIONAL: The Mustangs played in the Hoops for Hope Tournament in Puerrto Vallarta, Mexico, on Nov. 24 and 25. The Mustangs had played in two previous international tournaments: The San Juan Shootout (San Juan, P.R.) during the 2000-01 season and the Suntory Ball Classic (Tokyo, Japan) in the 1986-87 campaign. SMU has also participated in two offseason international tours: Canada in 2003 and the Tour d' Africa in 2008.
DICK DAVIS TO RECEIVE SAM AWARD: SMU alumnus Dick Davis will be honored with the 2012 Silver Anniversary Mustang Award at halftime of the game against Houston. The award will be presented at halftime on behalf of the SMU Lettermen's Association by SMU President Gerald Turner and Director of Athletics Rick Hart. Davis was an outstanding player on the SMU tennis team (1954-56) and was named team captain. He earned his BBA from SMU in 1956 and his JD in 1958. Davis then began a long and very distinguished legal career with Strasburger & Price, LLP, where he practiced for over 40 years before becoming counsel to the firm in 2000. Away from the office, Davis always looks for ways to serve and make a lasting impact on his community. He currently serves as Mayor of University Park. Prior to his election as Mayor, he served three terms on the City Council. Davis has served the city on numerous committees including the University Park Master Plan, Maintenance of Housing Quality, Land Use, Future Planning and Capital Improvements and the Planning & Zoning Commission. He has also served with The Salesmanship Club, United Way, March of Dimes, American Heart Association, YMCA, Buckner Children's Home, Central Dallas Ministries, Leukemia Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Brother Bill's Helping Hand, Stepp Foundation,